Police K9 died in a hot vehicle

Police K9 dies in hot patrol car

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A dog working as a K9 for the Forest Preserves of Cook County Police Department, died while unattended in a patrol car. According to CBS Chicago, the tragedy took place on a day when the outside temperature was in the 90s, and it happened in a police department parking lot.

The K9, “Drago,” was in a patrol car which was parked at the Oak Forest Police Department – his handler was processing a suspect, reported the Chicago Tribune.

“We are heartbroken to lose a canine member of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Police Department,” the police agency said in a statement. “The protection of wildlife and living things are at the core of our mission and we take this loss very seriously.”

The department has stated that the patrol car was equipped with a temperature monitoring device – how or why that device failed is being investigated. According to CBS News, the officer who left Drago in the patrol car is still working, but not with dogs (at least for the time being).

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35 replies
  1. pennysdachshund says:

    NOT IN THE LEAST SURPRISED The so called professional “Officer” is still working … The BLUE CODE of SLIENCE AND COVER HAS GONE INTO EFFECT!!! Why does this Bullshit… because the Police , sheriff’s and EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION that have SERVICE DOGS ALLOWS THIS TO CONTINE the DOG”S ARE AT THEIR MERCY!!!

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  2. Cynthia Como says:

    I’m SO,SO VERY PISSED!!!!! I have read about law enforcement doing this an awful lot! ANY DAMN POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT DOES THIS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED FROM OWNING AND USING DOGS! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DAMN EXCUSE FOR THIS AND ITS COMPLETELY UNFORGIVABLE! But then again dogs are just DISPOSABLE to law enforcement and to way too many people in this world! Poor dogs can’t even be protected from harm and stupidity by the police! JERKS

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  3. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Too many cases of equipment that is supposed to monitor the temperature inside the vehicle failing. They obviously can’t be counted on. The dog should NOT have been left in the car. This isn’t far from where I live, too.

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  4. Helen says:

    It is inexcusable that a K9 dog dies from heat stroke because the dog was left in an unattended police car. What is the purpose of the temperature monitoring device if its not working? Maybe the officer forgot to turn it on. At 90 + weather, why didn’t the officer bring the dog with him to book the suspect. In any event, another K9 should not be assigned to this officer. A K9 dog is the officer’s partner and they look out for each other, obviously the officer failed to protect his partner, and therefore, he should not get another one.

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    • Sheri says:

      I AGREE!! Even better, the officer should be dismissed immediately, no pay and face charges,.! He failed his PARTNER????
      If he keeps his job. PLEASE TAKE HIM OFF K9 UNIT!! HE IS HORRIBLE AT THIS JOB!!
      RIP K9 DRAGO????

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  5. resqdogz says:

    There is NO POSSIBLE EXCUSE FOR THIS NEGLIGENCE! Don’t even TRY to blame it on “equipment failure”: This cop had the responsibility for a living, breathing companion and FAILED HIM – FATALLY!

    PROSECUTE!

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    • Sheri says:

      I say cop murdered his K9 Partner ????
      Equipment failure,, WTH,, more believable is brain failure , probably in such a hurry to check his collar in,, here forgot HIS FELLOW OFFICER.
      Tell me why leave K9 Drago in car? He is working ,, he probably is due all credit for capturing suspect,, TAKE THE K9 Officers inside 1st. PLEASE!
      I am really at a loss for words here,, this is HORRIFIC! ugh. MY GOD THESE DOGS GET NO PAY !! AT LEAST SHOW A BIT OF CARE & CONCERN! RESPECT FOR K9 DRAGO was NOT shown. !!
      IF YALL ARE GOING TO MAKE POLICE OFFICERS OUT OF FURBABIES,,,,,, NEW RULE..” NEVER LEAVE THE FELLOW K9 OFFICER IN PATROL CAR! IF YOU DO YOU WILL
      BE DISMISSED WITHOUT WARNING and NO WAGES WILL BE PAID. LASTLY YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR MURDERING YOUR PARTNER!!”????????
      SHAME ON YOU, MURDERER????
      RIP K9 OFFICER ????
      Thank you for your service????
      Run free, play and never suffer this abuse again! YOU ARE FREE????????
      YOU ARE SAFE IN THE BEST HANDS EVER????

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    • Julie Enos says:

      Arizona has fans not Chicago. If Chicago uses temperature gages. Why do you need them? Don’t blame the temp gage if you think its hot outside it is too hot to leave an animal in a car

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  6. Pamela Garlisch says:

    This shows that even the police do not have the smarts to work with animals. Put him on desk duty!

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  7. Jeanette Fossum says:

    what an idiot cop. you never leave any child or animal in a car anytime. devices have been known to fail, probably he never even checked on his dog. don’t give him another dog.

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  8. Barkley's Mom says:

    I suppose equipment can fail and something like this happen, so what is the answer? A valuable K-9 Drago is dead, left in a car in the heat and obviously not checked on until too late. Something needs to change, either the dogs be allowed inside the buildings while the officers are “processing suspects” or checked on more often to make sure the safety equipment is working properly. There should be NO excuse for a K-9 to die like this. Rest in peace K-9 Drago, I’m sure you will be missed.

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    • Sue says:

      I was just sharing a post about cruelty to circus animals (these animals just happened to be dogs and an ostrich) in their “care” and “training,” and it occurred to me that I haven’t ever come across any ‘animal people’ who would say “It doesn’t happen in all circuses,” or “They don’t do that anymore,” etc., but so many people still CHOOSE have the blinders on about cruelty to K9’s, no matter how many hard-to-get (because what used to be done out in the open has now been driven underground and covered with a lot of lying due to emergence of the animal rights movement) reports and/or videos are leaked. And it’s not just the ones who are left in hot cars to die, which has happened a lot, but the every day brutality visited upon them in “training,” just like the circus animals.

      http://www.stopk9torture.com

      Police Killing Their Own K9’s At An Alarming Rate | From …
      fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/police-killing-their-own-k9s-at-an…

      Minnesota Deputy Caught on Tape Brutally Beating His K-9 …
      http://www.dogingtonpost.com/minnesota-deputy-caught-on-tape-brutally...

      NC troopers torture dogs as a matter of policy | Cop Block
      http://www.copblock.org/…/nc-troopers-torture-dogs-as-a-matter-of-policy/

      The police have destroyed 84 retired working dogs in the …
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2427875/The-police-destroyed-84...

      LiveLeak.com – Cop Kills Dog. Why K9 “cops” Are A Waste of …
      https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=91a_1408812097

      Officer kills dog he was training in Garden City
      http://www.oocities.org/ericsquire/articles/dogs/is060205.htm

      Police Officer Kicks Dog to Death in Florida – Dogster …
      http://www.dogster.com/forums/Dogs_in_the_News/thread/452844

      BBC News | UK | Police told to ‘string up’ dogs
      news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/192782.stm

      If Cops Treat Their Own Dogs Like This, It is No Wonder …
      thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-treat-dogs-this-shoot-elses

      AND, to that last one above that I just added, came the below JUSTIFICATION from the Hammond PD. If anyone has any questions, read the chapter “Denials and Justifications” at the website stopk9torture.com

      Police: Hammond K-9 handler didn’t abuse dog | Hammond …
      http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/…k–handler-didn-t-abuse-dog/article...

      It is routine for departments to DENY the torture, however, if any proof shows up, they are then trained to go into JUSTIFICATION mode, and try to make the rest of us feel guilty because we “don’t know what it takes” to “train” a K9. Then it would be educational to read the chapter WHY? at stopk9torture.com

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  9. PetMom says:

    The same thing happened in my community a few years ago. The officer is still in law enforcement and was entrusted with another dog. I heard that the K9 officer in my community had been left in the car because rules forbade the dog from being brought inside. Until someone invents a fool-proof temperature monitoring device for the cars, the dogs need to be allowed in the building where it is cool.

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  10. Sherry says:

    AGAIN??? Come on, Police officers, you need to get with it. You have no excuse to do this to your partner, you should know better. Try to set a decent example . UNCARING IDIOT

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    • Sheri says:

      I say he should be dismissed , no pay , no benefits & never EVER HANDLE ANOTHER FURBABY AGAIN.
      He is an ABUSER , A MURDER and to FXXKING STUPID TO CONTROL HIS IDIOT MIND MUCH LESS A GUN!!
      WORTHLESS POS MURDERER! ugh..

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  11. linda says:

    Wtf?! Why assume the device is going to work! Just don’t leave the dogs in the car period!!!!! Why take the risk!

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  12. eleanor higginbotham says:

    officer, no more dogs for you. You are not capable of the responsibility. Your neglect resulted in the death of this intelligent, beautiful animal. Being a k-9 handler is not for everyone.

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  13. John says:

    As with the Border Patrol North of Yuma, AZ The Pickup they Use Has a Fan on both Rear Windows. When they have their K-9 inside their Pickup, the Fans are on.

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  14. Sharon says:

    WTF? Aren’t police officers suppose to rescue animals from vehicles, not contribute to the death of animals in a death trap? Unforgivable! R.I.P. Drago…Thank you for your service….This officer should be charged with a felony for animal cruelty causing the death of this proud dog! Police officers are suppose to lead by example..Not be exempt from the laws….Very sad and disturbing… Don’t really Care about officer’s feeling…This is about the death of his partner and the selfish role he played in the death of Drago…Charges are definitely in order!!!!!

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  15. Robin says:

    What the hell is wrong with this freaking officer leaving his dog and car on 90 degree day is he a freaking idiot? Processing a suspect so you take the dog inside with you to process the friggin suspect what the hell’s wrong with him. That’s just pisses me off so much. This guy loses f****** job I never be able to have a freaking animal in the rest of his life because he doesn’t know how to freaking care for them.

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  16. Nancy Raymond says:

    This happens WAY TOO OFTEN – where do they find these cops? Under a friggin’ rock obviously – of all people they should KNOW not to leave an animal in a hot car, but it happens over and over and nothing is done to these idiots – the big BLUE WALL goes up and they are allowed to continue when they have proven to be incompetent – a K9 officer died because a human officer has their brains where the sun don’t shine – this idiot proved he is unable to use common sense – he needs to be fired and prosecuted for animal cruelty – should be made an example of for his lack of humanity.

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    • Sheri says:

      YES HE SHOULD, Nancy. Actually he murdered his PARTNER????
      So easy to have been prevented, SHAME on you, you are a disgrace to your unit, ugh.

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  17. Star Shelley says:

    I just don’t get it? this police people work with them all day, how in the world can they just walk out of their car and forget they have their partner. what are they thinking., So sad, i hope they kick him out of the force and charge him with animal cruety

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